The Wonder Of All Things by Jason MottThe Wonder Of All Things by Jason Mott

The Wonder Of All Things

byJason Mott

Hardcover | October 8, 2014

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A New York Times Bestselling Author On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath the rubble with her best friend, who is injured and bleeding. When Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear. Before this, her gift was a secret. Now people from all over the globe are flocking to her for healing. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost . . .
Jason Mott received a BFA in fiction and an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various journals including Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure and Chautauqua. His works include two poetry collections, We Ca...
Title:The Wonder Of All ThingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 1 inPublished:October 8, 2014Publisher:Wheeler PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1410472817

ISBN - 13:9781410472816


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Family, community, obligations A nice look at the ideas of what are your responsibilities to your family, friends, and the wider community. Nicely done in that not all the characters are 'likeable' in the traditional sense - personally I find it much more realistic when characters have clear flaws, after all every human has flaws.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good not great for this reader Jason Mott's latest novel, The Wonder of All Things, has just been released in paperback. Mott revisits a premise explored by numerous authors - a miracle and the aftermath. When an accident threatens to take the life of her friend Wash, young Ava doesn't think, doesn't know how, but she puts her hands on Wash and the gaping wound is healed. And then the proverbial cat is out of the bag - the news spreads and the circus begins. Their small town is invaded by the press and those looking to be healed. The medical community pokes and prods Ava and the religious sects want to own her. Her widowed father Macon is torn between protecting his daughter and being caught up in the frenzy. While it is not a new premise for a book, Mott examines it with his own interpretation, exploring the themes of obligation, family, love and loss. Mott has beautiful prose - his turns of phrases, descriptions and dialogues are eloquently expressed. It's worth reading slowly to savor the sense and the story he builds. People magazine called The Wonder of All Things 'spellbinding'. While I enjoyed the book, I found I didn't like many of the characters. I expected to find myself drawn to Ava, I was - but not a much as I felt I should be. I was very disappointed with Macon. My favourite character ended up being Brenda, Wash's grandmother. A series of vignettes from the past of Ava and her mother are a lovely interlude, but provide no answers as to why her mother died. Mott gives the reader an emotional ride of a read - you'll vacillate between sadness, shock, anger, hope, denial and more. And the ending? Fitting I think, but have the hankies ready.
Date published: 2015-08-15